“The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities
that make all men human and, therefore, brothers."
--Martin Luther King Jr.
Today, the daddy is thinking about the article that humorist Andy Borowitz wrote for Truthdig. It's an attempt to poke fun at America and racial bigotry n this country. Borowitz writes:
"Pundits and pollsters alike have wondered about the role racists might play in the 2008 presidential contest, but the new survey released today was the first concrete attempt to take the pulse of this key voting bloc.
The poll, conducted by Duh Magazine, suggests that Mr. Obama faces an uphill battle in his effort to win the votes of dyed-in-the-wool bigots.
“We wanted to know, why isn’t Barack Obama closing the deal among racists?” said Charles Plugh, editor in chief of Duh. “The answer seems to be because he’s black.”
In a head-to-head match up, likely bigots chose Sen. McCain over Sen. Obama by a margin of 1,000 to 1, with a majority of racists saying they “strongly disagree” with Sen. Obama’s decision not to be white."
Borowitz, I know humor is your thing and that we all need humor in our lives. But the daddy wants to ask you four questions:
1. With the United States engaged in two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and on the brink of becoming engaged with another in Iran; with the United States unemployment rate at 6.1% (the highest it has been in years) and climbing; with so many Americans losing their homes to foreclosure; with so many middle income Americans being unable to keep up with things like childcare payments, mortgage and car payments; and have maxed out their credit cards to keep their heads above water-- do you really think this brand of humor is funny anymore, if it ever was?
2. Can you begin to even imagine how angry this must make African Americans of all political persuasions-- Democrat, Republican, Independent, Progressive-- feel, knowing that, after all the cotton they've picked, all the wars they've fought, after all the contributions they've made to this country, one of their own who is smarter, younger and has the best ideas is not picked to be president solely because of his race?
3. Don't you think it's time to call out racist white Americans, including white women supporters of Hillary Clinton, for their failure to come into the 21st century and elect Barack Obama and then push him to implement policies to hlep working Americans?
4. Don't you think that what's left of our declining economy and fledgling democracy depends on it?